The big win for the short film is an inspiring bridging of popular demand and critical acclaim.

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Last night at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, Hair Love took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short, becoming the third Kickstarter-funded film to win an Academy Award. Hair Love’s journey to the Oscars started with a Kickstarter campaign in 2017, with nearly 5,000 backers pledging $284,058 to help make director Matthew Cherry’s film about an African-American dad learning to do his daughter’s hair.

When the Hair Love team took the stage to claim their Oscar, thousands of fans around the world — including so many of their Kickstarter backers — took to Twitter to celebrate the moment. It also…


It’s still fiction, but now told as a set of (almost) authentic artifacts created by Beehive Books, the book-art designer for ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ and Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew.

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Dracula: The Evidence’ by Beehive Books is live on Kickstarter now

“I’m convinced that Bram Stoker would love what we’re doing,” says Beehive Books cofounder Josh O’Neill.

What Beehive Books is doing, once their live Kickstarter campaign wraps up, is transmuting the full text of Stoker’s Gothic horror masterwork into a briefcase full of letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, maps, and even phonograph records. O’Neill wants Dracula: The Evidence to be an immersive, interactive reading experience — and a historically accurate one at that.

“Like, we need a check for Dracula’s real estate purchase in London,” he says. “What did a check look like in [the 1880s]? What did a British…


Chai Mishra is out to build a brand-new way to buy groceries — one that’s more sustainable, affordable, and transparent.

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“Socially engaged art has the capacity to coax new shared understandings out of the darkness and confusion we’re facing at the moment.”

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Ian Nesbitt’s New Ways

“Can you remember the last time you woke up and didn’t think we were living through a crisis?”

R.M. Sanchez-Camus, cofounder of the UK-based social practice arts community Social Art Network (SAN), likes to ask this question at conferences and workshops. “The urgency and adrenaline [it] causes is precisely the space that socially engaged artists are inhabiting fearlessly, producing work in response to the time we are living in,” he says.

Social practice art — often defined as collaborative, community-driven work that engages with social issues — has emerged as a powerful approach for artists confronting current political and social…


The watchmaker is testing new uses for Humanium Metal, an alloy made by Swedish nonprofit IM from seized weapons.

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Simon Marke Gran used to wear his grandfather’s gold Omega watch. Last year, he switched to wearing one made of recycled firearms.

He himself helped bring the timepiece to life. Working at IM, a Swedish nonprofit development organization, he partners with creators and companies to make new products out of illegal guns seized by Latin American governments, melting them down into a reusable alloy called Humanium Metal. TRIWA, a watchmaker, was the first to put the recycled material to use, and Marke Gran has had a TRIWA watch on his wrist ever since. …


The founder of the nonprofit saving internet art is making a new type of backup drive. His latest work, a 24-hour film of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, stirs ‘anticipatory nostalgia’ for our imperiled environment.

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The scene captured in Mark Tribe’s ‘Deep Green: Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’

What would it mean to make an environmental backup drive? Some efforts, like the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, are practical. Mark Tribe’s approach is more beatific.

The 52-year-old artist has shown work at Palais de Tokyo, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and many other esteemed museums around the world. And as the founder of Rhizome, a nonprofit organization that supports new work in art and technology, he’s become a prolific conservationist himself — Rhizome’s ArtBase initiative has archived more than 2,000 pieces of born-digital art.

So when he started incorporating environmental activism into his artwork, he naturally reached for…


She’s just launched a campaign to reissue ‘Hands,’ her 2009 debut. Here, the self-made pop icon reflects on the DIY spirit that’s motivated her career and her bond with her fans.

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Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots. Her campaign to reissue Hands, her 2009 debut album, is live now.

With a decade’s worth of pop hits and her synth-nerd sensibilities, Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, has carved out her very own niche in music.

She’s come a long way from writing her first songs in her mother’s garage in Blackpool, England. Following a stint with wave-pop trio Dead Disco, she broke out as a solo artist by uploading self-edited videos to YouTube at a time when that was barely a thing. In 2009, the buzz around her debut album culminated in her winning the BBC’s Sound of 2009 critics’ award. Ten years, three albums, and hundreds of performances in…


The ‘Magic: The Gathering’ creator brought on the ‘Jeopardy’ star to launch a trivia game that rewards skill and makes room for rookies, too.

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Ken Jennings (left) and Richard Garfield teamed up to create Half Truth

Richard Garfield loved Dungeons and Dragons. Though he would later go on to become a math professor, he delighted in the game’s call for collaborative, creative, wily play over cold, hard numbers and rational logic.

“Instead of being about making the best numerical decision, it was often about telling a story,” he says. “It was so different that it made me wonder what other crazy games were out there that I didn’t know about or that no one had conceived of yet.”

So, as he worked toward tenure, he also became a notable game designer. Magic: The Gathering is his…


The Wes Anderson darling and design entrepreneur is launching an elevated herbal blend that promotes self-care and community.

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HOUSE of WARIS founder Waris Ahluwalia. His new herbal blend is live on Kickstarter now

Waris Ahluwalia is a creative polymath. He’s appeared in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, as well as Spike Lee’s Inside Man and the Netflix hit Russian Doll. His design studio, HOUSE of WARIS, has made fine jewelry, ceramics, and textiles in partnership with artisans and craftspeople from around the world and in collaboration with brands like A.P.C., Forevermark, and Holt Renfrew. He’s been a model and muse for The Kooples and Gap, contributed to The Paris Review, and designed a twin set for Pringle of Scotland with his friend…


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